“Olive oil” is how we refer to the oil obtained from the fruit of olive trees. People have been consuming olive oil for thousands of years and it is now more popular than ever, thanks to its many proven health benefits and its culinary usefulness. After olives are picked and washed, they’re crushed – sometimes between two big stones, but now more commonly by steel blades. The resulting paste is stirred to release the oil droplets in a process called maceration, before being spun in a centrifuge to pull out the oil and water. After the water is removed, what is left is pure extra virgin olive oil or as we often refer to it as “Liquid gold”.